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June 30, 2011

Long Run Thursday

Today is Thursday  which means – Long Run.  There are many training benefits gained when running for extended periods of time.  Endurance is improved, dormant/unused capillary beds are opened to increase blood flow to muscle tissues and your heart and muscles are strengthened.  The number of mitochondria in your cells are increased, which increases the power output of the cell.  The mental benefit may be just as important. A one mile race seems short when compared to running 13 miles.  To learn more about the benefits of the long run visit – http://www.competitiverunner.com/long_run_pace1.html

For today’s Long Run, 52 grade school kids logged 4-5 miles and another 22 logged 6 miles.  46 runners logged 60 minutes and 19 runners in group 1 and 2 ran 80 minutes on the Prairie Path. Great effort!

Tomorrow we return to a speed development workout.  The total distance will be less with a greater emphasis placed on relaxed leg turnover.

Today’s Trivia: In honor of tomorrow’s speed development, what speedy automobile first rolled off the assembly line on this day (June 30) in 1953.

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